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Raspberry Delight Afghan

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Love bugs and cuddle bugs alike will love this Raspberry Delight Afghan from Roseanna Beck.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas, or just any time, this beginner crochet afghan pattern is easy to make and adds a touch of style to any room.  This is a simple stripe pattern to master and the stitch used gives this crochet afghan pattern a unique design and feel.

Raspberry Delight Afghanraspberry delight

Materials:

  • 2 skeins Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Light Raspberry
  • 2 skeins Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Aran
  • 4.5mm (US G-6) crochet hook or size needed for gauge

 

Gauge:  6 rows – 4”; 3 Shells – 4 ¼”

Special Stitch:  Shell – (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)

 

Instructions:
Afghan Measures:  41” x 49”

  1. Row 1:  With light raspberry ch 149, Shell in 6th ch from hook, *skip 4 ch, Shell in next ch, repeat from * across to within last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, dc in last ch, turn.  (29 Shells)
     
  2. Row 2 (RS):  Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 1 space of Shell, ch 2, ** skip 2 dc, sc between last skipped and next dc, repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, sc in top of turning ch, turn.
     
  3. Row 3:  Ch 3, Shell in each ch 3 space across, dc in last sc, turn.

 

Color Scheme

  1. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 69 rows as follows:  6 rows light raspberry, 4 rows aran (6 times), 6 rows light raspberry, 3 rows aran and turn

 

Bottom Edging

  1. Row 1:  Work along bottom edge on wrong side with aran starting at right corner, slip stitch in first ch, ch 2, Shell in each ch below Shell of first row, dc in last ch, turn.
     
  2. Row 2 (RS):  Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 1 space of Shell, ch 2, ** skip 2 dc, sc between last skipped and next dc, repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, sc in top of turning ch, turn.
     
  3. Row 3:  Ch 3, Shell in each ch 3 space across, dc in last sc, turn and fasten off.

 

Afghan Edging

  1. With aran work along top edge starting at upper right corner (sc, ch 3, sc) in first dc, *ch 2, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 1 space of Shell, ch 2, **skip 2 dc, sc between last skipped and next dc, repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last dc.
     
  2. Work along side edge (sc, ch 3, sc) in each dc and sc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in first ch of bottom row.
     
  3. Work along bottom edge *ch 2, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 1 space of Shell, ch 2, **skip 2 dc, sc between last skipped and next dc, repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last dc.
     
  4. Work along side edge (sc, ch 3, sc) in each dc and sc, join to beg sc and fasten off.

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I would guess that acrylic yarn is pretty much the standard for most patterns these days, as was wool yarn long before synthetic fibers became available. There are cotton yarns available that are rated a "4" weight just like many acrylic yarns. Personally, I have never let a "standard" get in the way. I regularly experiment by using different yarn types and colors than called for in a pattern - depending on what I have in my current yarn stash. I rarely make an afghan the same size as the pattern, so I definitely need to make swatches to test for an accurate gauge. The key to achieving a good result is to make your sample swatch with a single skein of the yarn you would like to use - before buying all that is required for the project. Make the sample large enough to see the pattern elements and to have a sense of how it will look, feel and drape as a completed project. You may need to experiment with different hook sizes to keep the gauge accurate. If it's not working, don't be afraid to rip your test swatch out and start again. It's not wasted time and effort, but stepping stones in the learning process. Soon you'll have the experience needed to look at a pattern and determine with pretty good accuracy the substitutions you need to make for your particular requirements. As for the swatches that "worked", save and tag them with the pattern name and location, including any notes about working the pattern (ie: easy pattern, ok to work while watching TV.) Fold a 3 x 5 index card in half, punch a hold in the corner and tie it to the swatch. I keep all my tagged sample swatches in a basket in my sewing room and rummage thru' them often as they give me ideas for future projects. I hope this was helpful. Happy experimenting!! Lynn

I notice that most afghans are made with acrylic yarn which does not work for me. Does anyone know of an equivalent in cotton or a blend?

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